Rowing Australia was deeply saddened today to hear of the sudden passing of Debbie Clingeleffer-Woodford. Mrs Clingeleffer-Woodford passed away unexpectedly last night (10 May).
Mrs Clingeleffer-Woodford first rowed for Australia at a World Championships in Nottingham in the UK in 1986 in the Lightweight Women’s Four. Later in the same year she competed at the Commonwealth Games, in the same boat class, and won a silver medal alongside Gail Toogood, Amanda Cross and Virginia Lee.
After rowing, Mrs Clingeleffer-Woodford became the Director of Learning at Geelong Grammar School as well as the coach of the Girls First Rowing VIII.
Mrs Clingeleffer-Woodford was McVilly-Pearce rower number 385 and in due course RA will make her pin available to her family. The whole rowing community’s thoughts are with Debbie’s husband Russell and her daughter Katie.